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Meret Oppenheim Furniture

Swiss, 1913-1985

Though the fame of the sculptor and painter Meret Oppenheim stems mainly from a single work of art, that one was a doozy. Known as Object, the enduringly disconcerting fur-covered teacup, saucer and spoon that Oppenheim created in 1936 remains the one of the most notorious works to spawn from the Surrealist art movement.

Born in Germany and raised in Basel, Switzerland, Oppenheim was encouraged to pursue art by her maternal grandmother, a writer and illustrator. Oppenheim moved to Paris to attend art school in 1932. There, she met the sculptor (and fellow Swiss native) Alberto Giacometti, who introduced her to Man Ray, Max Ernst and André Breton, the founder of the Surrealist movement. Within a year, Oppenheim was exhibiting her paintings with the Surrealists, the first female artist to do so. Object, the story goes, was born of a lunchtime chat that Oppenheim had with Pablo Picasso and his muse Dora Maar one afternoon in 1936. The Spanish-born artist admired an unusual fur-lined bracelet that Oppenheim wore, and she replied that anything could be covered fur, “even this cup and saucer!” Her imagination fired, Oppenheim bought some china and a swatch of Chinese gazelle fur. When it was exhibited in New York, Object was purchased by the Museum of Modern Art — the first work of art by a woman acquired by the institution.

Another Oppenheim piece has become an icon of the art-as-design genre, a category that has currency among art collectors: the Traccia table, a side table with a gold- or silver-leafed wooden top, incised with the shapes of two bird-claw impressions, and a cast-bronze base in the form of stork legs. The Traccia — from the Italian for “track,” as in animal track — was created for the 1939 opening of art dealer Leo Castelli’s first gallery, on the Place Vendôme in Paris. The maker Simon International began producing versions of the Traccia in 1970, and the piece is now made by Cassina. Examples are typically priced between $6,300 and $8,500, depending on condition. As striking and amusing today as when it first appeared, the Traccia is an always-suave addition to a modern art and design collection and a tribute to the humor and ingenuity of a groundbreaking 20th-century artist.

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Meret Oppenheim 'Traccia' Table, Studio Simon, Italy, circa 1972
By Meret Oppenheim
Located in London, GB
Meret Oppenheim 'Traccia' table produced for Studio Simon's Collezione Ultramobili , Dino Gavina, Milan, circa 1972. The tabletop is in gold leaf with the characteristic bird tra...
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1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Meret Oppenheim Furniture

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Bronze, Gold Leaf

Meret Oppenheim Mid-Century Gilt Metal Bird Foot End Table
By Meret Oppenheim
Located in New York, NY
Mid-century gilt metal bird foot end/side table with oval top featuring bird foot-shaped imprints. (MERET OPPENHEIM).     
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20th Century Mid-Century Modern Meret Oppenheim Furniture

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Metal

Uhrzeitvenus, 1978, Bronze Sculpture, Surrealism, Modern Art
By Meret Oppenheim
Located in Hamburg, DE
Meret Oppenheim (Swiss, 1913-1985) Uhrzeitvenus, 1978 Medium: Bronze sculpture (in wooden box with facsimile of the sketch from 1933) Sculpture dimensions: 10 x 6 x 4 cm Box dimensio...
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20th Century Surrealist Meret Oppenheim Furniture

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Bronze

20th Century Meret Oppenheim Traccia Side Table by Simon Gavina Golden '70s
By Meret Oppenheim, Simon Gavina Editions
Located in Turin, IT
This table is a surrealist piece of furniture made while International Style was popular. Meret Oppenheim was a German-born Swiss artist and designer best known for her teacup lined ...
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1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Meret Oppenheim Furniture

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Bronze

The Ear of Giacometti, 1977, Bronze Sculpture, 20th Century Surrealism
By Meret Oppenheim
Located in Hamburg, DE
Meret Oppenheim (Swiss, 1913-1985) The Ear of Giacometti (Das Ohr von Giacometti), 1977 Medium: Bronze Dimensions: 10.5 x 7.5 x 1.5 cm (4,1 x 3 x 0,5 in) Edition of 500: Incised mono...
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20th Century Surrealist Meret Oppenheim Furniture

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Bronze

Unterirdische Schleife, Surrealist Sculpture, 20th Century Modern Art
By Meret Oppenheim
Located in Hamburg, DE
Meret Oppenheim (Swiss, 1913 - 1985) Unterirdische Schleife, 1977 Medium: Bronze sculpture (In original box with title on label) Edition of 100: Underside initialized and dated ‘M.O....
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Mid-20th Century Surrealist Meret Oppenheim Furniture

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Bronze

Original Early Production Meret Oppenheim Traccia Table, Gavina, Italy, 1970s
By Meret Oppenheim, Dino Gavina
Located in London, GB
An original and authentic Meret Oppenheim Traccia table. This table manufactured by Gavina, Italy as part of the initial production in the 1970s. Oval shaped, original gold leaf top ...
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1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Meret Oppenheim Furniture

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Bronze, Gold Leaf

Traccia Table by Meret Oppenheim, 1970s
By Meret Oppenheim
Located in Berlin, Berlin
Side or coffee table 'Traccia' designed by Meret Oppenheim. Italy, Simon International, 1972. ORIGINAL EDITION. The Traccia table was designed by Meret Oppenheim in 1939 and produce...
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1970s Italian Modern Vintage Meret Oppenheim Furniture

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Bronze

Meret Oppenheim 'Traccia' Coffee Table, Italy, 1972
By Cassina, Meret Oppenheim
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Méret Oppenheim for Simon Gavina, 'Traccia' coffee table in silver leaf and wood, Italy, circa 1972. When animals and furniture meet... This side table by surrealist artist Méret ...
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1970s Italian Post-Modern Vintage Meret Oppenheim Furniture

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Bronze, Gold Leaf

White Gold "Traccia" Table by Meret Oppenheim
By Meret Oppenheim
Located in Dronten, NL
Pedestal table "Traccia" by the Swiss designer Meret Oppenheim, Simon edition, Cassina. Serial production of the original 1939 surrealist model. Lacquered wooden top with 24-karat w...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Meret Oppenheim Furniture

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Bronze

Méret Oppenheim 'Traccia' Coffee Table
By Meret Oppenheim
Located in Waalwijk, NL
Méret Oppenheim, 'Traccia' coffee table, bronze, gold leaf, wood, Italy, 1970s Side table by surrealistic artist Méret Oppenheim. Playful and surreal table with visual references ...
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1970s Italian Post-Modern Vintage Meret Oppenheim Furniture

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Bronze, Gold Leaf

Original Pair of 1970s Meret Oppenheim Traccia Tables, Gavina, Italy
By Dino Gavina, Meret Oppenheim
Located in London, GB
An original pair of 1970s Meret Oppenheim Traccia tables. This pair manufactured by Gavina, Italy in the 1970s. Oval shaped, original gold leaf top featuring bird footprints, on top ...
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1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Meret Oppenheim Furniture

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Bronze, Gold Leaf

Traccia Table, 1939-1978 by Meret Oppenheim
By Meret Oppenheim
Located in Brooklyn, NY
This "Traccia" table is an original Ultramobile collection (SIMON) edition reproduction of original 1939 Surrealist model with impressed bird prints on its top surface. Dino Gavina (...
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Late 20th Century Italian Modern Meret Oppenheim Furniture

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Brass

Table ’Traccia’ by Meret Oppenheim for Simon Gavina, Italy, 1972
By Studio Simon, Meret Oppenheim
Located in Echt, NL
Original ’Traccia’ table in very good condition. Designed by Meret Oppenheim Produced by Studio Simon’s Collezione Ultramobili, Milan, 1972 The tabletop is covered in gold leaf a...
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20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Meret Oppenheim Furniture

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Brass, Gold Leaf

'Traccia' Table by Meret Oppenheim
By Cassina, Meret Oppenheim
Located in LOS ANGELES, CA
Meret Oppenheim 'Traccia' table, Italy, Circa 1972. Méret Oppenheim for Cassina. Bronze base with oval gold leaf and wood top. Bird foot imprints on the top. Measures: 26.5" W x ...
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20th Century Italian Post-Modern Meret Oppenheim Furniture

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Bronze

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Traccia Low Table by Meret Oppenheim in White Gold Leaf, Simon Edition Cassina
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  • Meret Oppenheim Traccia Side Table
H 25.25 in. W 26.50 in. D 20.75 in.
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Traccia Gold Leaf, Bird Leg Side Table by Meret Oppenheim
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White Gold "Traccia" Table by Meret Oppenheim
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H 25.6 in. W 20.87 in. D 24.81 in.
White Gold "Traccia" Table by Meret Oppenheim
By Meret Oppenheim
Located in Dronten, NL
Pedestal table "Traccia" by the Swiss designer Meret Oppenheim, Simon edition, Cassina. Serial production of the original 1939 surrealist model. Lacquered wooden top with 24-karat w...
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  • White Gold "Traccia" Table by Meret Oppenheim
H 25.6 in. W 20.87 in. L 24.81 in.
Traccia Table by Meret Oppenheim
By Meret Oppenheim
Located in Dronten, NL
Pedestal table "Traccia" by the Swiss designer Meret Oppenheim, Simon edition, Cassina. Serial production of the original 1939 Surrealist model. Lacquered wooden top with 24-karat ...
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